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Why Does Anyone Trust the National-Security State?

A lack of transparency and oversight has led to abuses time and again, in every era.<p>The ongoing debate about the national-security state's conduct drills down, for many participants, to this question: How much do you trust the people in charge? Do you believe they'll reliably uphold the laws and …

Lavabit And Silent Circle Join Forces To Make All Email Surveillance-Proof

In recent months, Lavabit, based in Texas, and Silent Circle, based in Washington, D.C., both shuttered their encrypted email services. The companies said they couldn’t keep them running knowing they were vulnerable to surveillance if faced with a dedicated enough attacker… which for Lavabit came …

NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say

The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials.<p>By tapping those links, the agency …

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records • $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products • Security experts say programs 'undermine the fabric of the internet'<p>• Q&A: submit your questions for our privacy …

1983 Article on the NSA

The moral is that NSA surveillance overreach has been going on for a long, long time.<p>Comments<p>I'm beginning to wonder if this isn't taking the form of …

Obama Keeps Promise By Appointing A Privacy Hawk To NSA Review Panel

So far, Obama is keeping his promise to create a truly independent review board over national surveillance policy. Today, ABC reports that privacy hawk and Center for American Progress fellow, Peter Swire, will join a small group of government insiders to draft a public report on the National …

Judge: NSA “systematically violated” its own privacy requirements | Ars Technica

Unsealed docs show NSA collected tens of thousands of "non-target" communications.<p>On Wednesday, the Department of Justice published three …

New report: NSA tapped into UN video conferences | Ars Technica

NSA also bugged more than 80 embassies and consulates, says Der Spiegel.<p>New revelations about US spying continue to be released "in dribs and drabs," …

Obama’s right – it’s time to see the whole elephant

In his press conference today (August 9, 2013), President Obama pointed out that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) must balance …

Give Me Complicity or Give Me Death: Lavabit Chooses Death

By Jennifer Granick on August 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm<p>Comments<p>Freddie Young August 9, 2013 at 4:58 am<p>inetuser August 20, 2013 at 6:27 am<p>DBB August 9, 2013 …

US National Security Agency 'is surveillance leviathan'

<b>Papers that said a US spying programme "touches" 1.6% of internet traffic in fact reveal the vast scale of snooping, a senior security researcher has said.</b><p>Officials played down the scale of the operation, comparing US data collection to a small coin on a basketball court.<p>But Caspar Bowden told the …

Surveillance

Google filing says Gmail users have no expectation of privacy

In motion to dismiss a data-mining lawsuit, Web giant says people have "no legitimate expectation of privacy in information" voluntarily turned over to third parties.<p>As if Edward Snowden hasn't done enough to highlight how vulnerable electronic communications are to surveillance, Google has made it …

Privacy

danah boyd | apophenia » Whistleblowing Is the New Civil Disobedience: Why Edward Snowden Matters

Like many other civil liberties advocates, I’ve been annoyed by how the media has spilled more ink talking about Edward Snowden than the issues that …

Larry Ellison: The NSA's Snooping Is 'Essential' For U.S. Security

Ellison is one of the world's richest men who got that way by founding and running Oracle, a company that makes a database that stores massive amount of information. Oracle's database is used by nearly every large company on the planet from credit card companies to the government.<p>Ellison thinks …

Surveillance

White House insists James Clapper will not lead NSA surveillance review

Officials stress director of national intelligence will have limited role after Obama seemed to imply Clapper would head panel<p>The White House has moved to dampen controversy over the role of the director of national intelligence James Clapper in a panel reviewing NSA surveillance, insisting that he …

The Debate Obama Never Wanted

Ed­ward Snowden has put words in Pres­id­ent Obama’s mouth. Words like trans­par­ency, re­form, open­ness, and de­bate.<p>This is not ne­ces­sar­ily …

Zimmermann’s Law: PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder Phil Zimmermann on the surveillance society

Advertisement<p>21 Comments<p>Credit: Sergey Nivens<p>Phil Zimmermann might be a technologist, but he tends to get philosophical when it comes to the issues …

If Bruce Schneier ran the NSA, he’d ask a basic question: “Does it do any good?” | Ars Technica

Ars asks a tech and legal all-star team how to fix America's security state.<p>For the last two months, we’ve all watched the news about the National …

Why ‘Stop and Frisk’ Was Ruled Unconstitutional

A U.S. Dis­trict Court judge has ruled that New York’s con­tro­ver­sial prac­tice of “stop and frisk” is un­con­sti­tu­tion­al, on grounds that it …

Edward Snowden is a patriot

Does President Barack Obama think we’re stupid?<p>That’s the only conclusion possible after watching Friday’s bravura performance in which the president announced a set of proposals meant to bring more transparency to the National Security Agency — and claimed he would have done it anyway, even if …

What If Internet Providers Encrypted Your Emails So The NSA Couldn’t Spy On You?

ABCNews reports that two of the biggest ISPs in Germany, Deutsche Telekom AG (which owns T-Mobile) and United Internet AG, are going to start automatically encrypting their customers’ emails beginning today. The encryption level is going to be low at first, possibly due to the speed of the rollout, …

Privacy

When It Comes To Your Data, It’s Time To Enforce Your Own “Terms And Conditions”

The director of a new documentary wonders why so many of us willingly click “OK” and relinquish our information–and our rights. Terms and Conditions May Apply is a call to take back your data.<p>As the director of <i>Terms and Conditions May Apply</i>, a recently released documentary about privacy and the …

Lavabit E-Mail Service Shut Down

Lavabit, the more-secure e-mail service that Edward Snowden -- among others -- used, has abruptly shut down. From the message on their homepage:<p>I …

Email Company Used By Edward Snowden Shuts Down Rather Than Hand Data Over To Feds

When Edward Snowden emailed journalists and activists in July to invite them to a briefing at the Moscow airport during his long stay there, he used the email account “edsnowden@lavabit.com” according to one of the invitees. Texas-based Lavabit came into being in 2004 as an alternative to Google’s …